—Chemistry On Cloth “Catalysis: Modified textiles offer new method for organocatalysis” Organocatalysts have become fashionable in chemistry circles during the past decade. Now, chemists are taking a cue from fashion by immobilizing these small, nonmetallic organic catalysts onto fabric (Science 2013, DOI: 10.1126/science.1242196). The new organotextile catalysts offer a general, inexpensive, and practical approach to solid-supported organocatalysis, which aids catalyst recycling and could find use in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. “The difficulty with any catalyst that is not supported on a heterogeneous material is that the recovery from homogenous phase requires an additional operation,” explains Benjamin List, of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, who spearheaded the organotextile research.
by Bethany Halford |
September 16, 2013